Luke 1:28 “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

Luke 1:29 “And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.”

Finally, angel Gabriel met Mary and greeted her in a very strange way. It was so strange that Mary wondered at the nature of the salutation.

In Hebrew, when you greet someone with the word “Hail”, it means you’re extremely glad to see the person and that you hold the person in high regard. It also means that person is very special and extremely important. You also use this greeting when you are hyper excited to see the person. “Hail” is also used as a farewell greeting.

When angel Gabriel greeted Mary in this way, the young lady was utterly confused. She was wondering why an angel will be so excited to see her. She was probably wondering why a whole angel that dwells in the presence of the Almighty God, who created the heavens and the earth, will hold her in such a high regard.

It was a puzzle that bewildered the innocent young woman. The greeting surprised me too, until I went down the history lane. Well, let me show you something that happened to this particular angel several years before:

Daniel 9:21 “Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”

Daniel 10:10 “And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.”

Daniel 10:11 “And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.”

Daniel was a prophet even though a civil servant in his days. He was passionate about the things of the spirit and the plight of his people so he began to intercede on their behalf.

To be continued…

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